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Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program FAQ

What is the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP)?

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports projects that promote Australia’s creative sector and First Nations identity to deepen bilateral partnerships and strengthen our reputation as a modern diverse nation internationally.

The objectives of the 2023-24 ACDGP round are to:

  • support the promotion of Australia’s creative sector internationally
  • support collaborative and innovative projects that promote Australia as a modern, diverse nation and a source of creative excellence
  • influence perceptions of Australia at home and abroad through building cultural understanding and connections
  • build people-to-people and/or institutional links internationally
  • support First Nations creative industries and seek opportunities to assist in embedding First Nations into our Foreign Policy
  • align with ‘Revive’, Australia’s National Cultural Policy

How often are grants rounds announced?

Once a year, usually in February - however the 2023-24 round opened on 15 December 2023.

Why does the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade run this program?

Through the promotion of Australia's cultural and creative industries internationally, DFAT influences perceptions of Australia overseas, supports enduring people-to-people and institutional links and acknowledges the economic importance of the creative industries to Australia.

Who can apply?

You must be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or an Australian organisation. Further eligibility criteria can be found on page 6 of the 2023-24 ACDGP Guidelines.

Where can I find the assessment criteria?

The four criteria can be found on page 9 of the Guidelines.

Where can I find the instructions for applying?

All the instructions for applying can be found on page 10 of the Guidelines.

What are the priority sectors and targeted countries or regions?

We will consider all applications.

The grants round is now open, when does it close?

The 2023-24 ACDGP opened 15 December 2023. Applications closed 4.00pm (AEDT) 12 February 2024.

If the grants round is closed, can I apply for a grant outside of the round?

No, the ACDGP only considers applications through the advertised grant round.

When will I know if my application has been successful?

We anticipate advising applicants of the result in May 2024.

When can my activity start?

Before 30 June 2024, and finalisation of a signed grant agreement.

My activity does not specifically address the grant round objectives, can I still apply?

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports DFAT’s Public Diplomacy strategic objectives as set out in section 2.1 of the guidelines.

All potential grants will be considered against the strategic objectives of the program as well as artistic merit and value for money.

Can I request more than $60,000 for my grant?

No, applications are capped at a maximum of $60,000 per year. Multi-year grants of up to $60,000 per annum for a maximum of three years may be considered.

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